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The intelligent investors guide to cryptocurrency: Part 3a - The value proposition

*Introductions: I'm joskye. A cryptocurrency investor and SDC holder. *
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Hi again. This is the third part in our ongoing series on how to trade better and determine intelligent investments in cryptocurrency for the future.
In part 3 I will now discuss Cryptocurrency valuations, price metrics and identifying coins of value, worth holding.
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What makes a coin worth holding: The value proposition
What makes anything worth holding? How much of themselves is a person willing to put into it - that's how much.
Cryptocurrency is largely driven by faith. It is a speculative enterprise i.e. people mostly put money into cryptocurrencies believing they will go up in value in the future; their plan to sell at a higher price when it does.
Currently most cryptocurrencies serve no function than being currencies in themselves. Unfortunately these currencies are largely not recognised by governments, most institutional investors or companies are legitimate stores of value or legitimate currencies of transaction. As such legislation and rules around the world regarding them vary considerably and are often absent.
There are very few cryptocurrencies that have legitimised backing, are insured or supported by enterprises that are insured for their loss and essentially there is little to protect you if you lose money through them.
So why do people bother putting money into cryptocurrencies it in the first place?
If the present and future value of a cryptocurrency is driven purely by speculation then you are essentially gambling by putting your money to buy that coin and joining the pool of other gamblers who are doing so. You are essentially joining a ponzi scheme and waiting game hoping you've gotten in early enough and convinced enough people to buy more of the asset you hold at slightly higher prices until a price is reached that you can cash out at (or until that thing becomes so big that everyone starts using it as their store of value).
This type of dynamic essentially underpins the mentality of most investments and trades i.e. buy low and sell high. I'd like to add buy early for investors since buying during a low in an already established asset may be setting yourself up for being forced to sell at a lower low later (especially if you don't understand the fundamentals of that asset).
If however the present or future value of a cryptocurrency is driven by some service other than speculation which can attract and drive fiat currency into it's ecosystem then it is potentially valuable.
I.e. will people actually use their USD/Yuan/Euro/GBP/Yen/INR etc to actually purchase the coin in question to do something useful with it (other than gamble on it's future price).
There are some cryptocurrencies which satisfy this criteria:
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Bitcoin
It is not a currency, it is a remittance system and store of value. It has a reputation increasingly to being seen as a digital version of gold.
Bitcoin has the cultural and historical advantage of being the first cryptocurrency. It is also still the largest cryptocurrency by a long way with the largest marketcap i.e. price per bitcoin [$952 as of writing] x the number of bitcoin in circulation [16,074,687] which is $15.3 billion. Compare to it's next biggest competitor Ethereum which has a marketcap of $700 million (i.e. only 4.57% of Bitcoin's).
Bitcoin's value proposition is that it is a store of value. It may not be able to sustain this without significant upgrades to it's underlying software.
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Monero (XMR)
Bitcoin does not have anonymity inherently built into it's software. Therefore if you buy and sell Bitcoin especially on cryptocurrency exchanges (where user registration is required), it is possible to trace whom Bitcoin is being transferred from and to.
For this reason I see Monero as Bitcoin + anonymity. I.e. it's value proposition is as store of hidden wealth. I also believe it does not have the issues that bitcoin does namely, same level of mainstream recognition, spotlight of regulatory awareness and developers do seem to be more focused on achieving better scalability and transaction times (it already does 10-20 minute verification time vs bitcoins 1 hour) which gives it better potential as a currency presently compared to Bitcoin.
-This sort of market cap dwarfs gold. However this type of up-scaled usability will not occur until the transaction verification times are much faster (nanoseconds) and the protocol is enhanced to cope with much larger transactions volumes and frequency at that speed; We are a long way off that.
I do believe fiat stored in Bitcoin will gradually transfer into Monero boosting it's value. I am not sure Monero though can presently bring fresh fiat currency (USD, Yuan etc) into it's ecosystem beyond outsider speculation in future price.
It is not unique in it's function or potential value proposition. My warning about holding Monerofor the long term is that it has competition for it's function not just from Bitcoin itself but from other anonymous coins such as Zcash, DASH (which provides instantaneous settlement) and SDC. Perhaps more importantly, Ethereum (ETH) is now planning to implement optional anonymity (via zSNARKs) in it's transaction network; if it does when combined with Ethereum's own functionality and well defined development roadmap (that will likely several second verification times in late 2017) would render XMR potentially redundant.
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Ethereum (ETH)
The value proposition for Ethereum is that it allows for complex, trustless settlement systems to be built on it. This is a huge deal because the scope of applications is wide and although the technology needs to mature (to support greater transaction volume, frequency and more secure functionality) the sheer amount of fiat such a platform could attract through conversion of traditional centralised settlement and contract services to more secure decentralised platforms is very huge.
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Shadowcash (SDC)
The value proposition is a double escrow, fully anonymous, decentralised privacy platform which incorporates private chat, private marketplace and secure, trustless private settlement system into one platform that is fully integrated into it's own blockchain.
Shadowcash already has multiple features that make it an excellent store of value: Low coin supply, potential for great demand, near instantaneous transaction verification times, ability to earn interest for simply holding it.
Shadowcash is incredibly easy to use and is heavily focused on usability. This is absolutely essential to it's end users: customers who seek convenient easy and speedy secure anonymous transaction. This will be a dream come true for traditional users of darknet markets.
To explain why lets elaborate on traditional darknet markets where in order to transact anonymously you have to:
1. Download the TOR browser. 2. Learn how to use it. 3. Buy XMR or Bitcoin. 4. Learn how to transact with these coins *safely* (yes this is still an issue with XMR in spite of it's built in privacy). 5. Learn how to and where to find reliable secure darknet markets. 6. Create accounts on these markets to access them *and* 7. Have faith that the websites and the highly centralised (and thus much more vulnerable) servers hosting those markets you use will not get shut down, not disappear with your money and not betray your transaction details and potentially identities to the authorities should they be infiltrated by them. 
Whereas with Shadowcash's market place this process will become:
1. Download the Shadowcash Umbra client (https://shadowproject.io/en/gettingstarted) 2. Buy some SDC on an exchange and transfer it to your Umbra client. 3. Browse the Shadowcash marketplace and transact securely, safely and anonymously. 
In summary I think Shadowcash can be a very useful application as a privacy platform for private communications and transactions.
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ICONOMI (ICN)
Those two points constitute it's value proposition. By nature of the way it works it has an easily identifiable P/E ratio based on the amount used to create the fund ($10.5 million) against the current value of that fund based on it's
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Summary lessons
The first rule in investing or trading in a given cryptocoin is deciding if it has a value proposition:
1. *Can it draw fiat currency (USD, Euro, Yuan etc) in such a way as to give it a valuation that is fully independent of pure speculation?* 2. *Is it unique?* 3. *Is it rare?* A limited supply with a low or negative inflation rate will lead to increasing price as demand goes up. 4. Are there significant risks associated with the value proposition? 
In the next article I will cover lesson 3b: Price metrics and valuations. It will be much shorter I promise but equally informative and we will cover topics such as price determination, impact of speculation, price manipulation, whales and their impact and the impact of bitcoin on the entire cryptocurrency ecosystem.
Finally just to really hammer it home; why am I posting this on the Shadowcash subreddit?
It is because Shadowcash is the best cryptocurrency investment of 2016 and I believe it will be again by March 2017.
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References:
1. Crypto-Currency Market Capitalizations, https://coinmarketcap.com/, Last Checked 30/01/2017 2. What is the value of all the Gold in the world? http://onlygold.com/Info/All-The-Gold-In-The-World.asp, Last Checked 30/01/2017. 3. ICONOMI Cryptocurrencies Index (ICNX) 21 December 2016 Rebalancing, https://medium.com/iconominet/iconomi-cryptocurrencies-index-icnx-21-december-2016-rebalancing-transformation-into-iconomi-8e31e48493ab#.sptgljv1c 4. ICNx trend chart, https://medium.com/iconominet/iconomi-cryptocurrencies-index-icnx-30-november-2016-monthly-rebalancing-update-3402866243d9#.kw7g4fqcd, Last updated 30th Nov 2017 5. Shadowcash (SDC) - The billion dollar baby!, https://medium.com/@paradox_/shadowcash-sdc-the-billion-dollar-baby-6b86f0660739#.ypz9yme5a, Last updated 16 August 2016. 
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Disclaimer: I am not responsible for your financial decisions, nor am I advising you take a particular financial position. Rather I am sharing my experiences and hoping you form your own opinions and insights from them. Full disclosure: I have long positions in Ethereum (ETH), Shadowcash (SDC), ICONOMI (ICN), Augur (REP) and Digix (DGD).
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The intelligent investors guide to cryptocurrency: Part 3a - The value proposition

Introductions: I'm joskye. A cryptocurrency investor and holder.
...
 
Hi again. This is the third part in our ongoing series on how to trade better and determine intelligent investments in cryptocurrency for the future.
 
 
In part 3 I will now discuss Cryptocurrency valuations, price metrics and identifying coins of value, worth holding:
 
...
 
What makes a coin worth holding: The value proposition
 
What makes anything worth holding? How much of themselves is a person willing to put into it - that's how much.
Cryptocurrency is largely driven by faith. It is a speculative enterprise i.e. people mostly put money into cryptocurrencies believing they will go up in value in the future; their plan to sell at a higher price when it does.
Currently most cryptocurrencies serve no function than being currencies in themselves. Unfortunately these currencies are largely not recognised by governments, most institutional investors or companies are legitimate stores of value or legitimate currencies of transaction. As such legislation and rules around the world regarding them vary considerably and are often absent.
There are very few cryptocurrencies that have legitimised backing, are insured or supported by enterprises that are insured for their loss and essentially there is little to protect you if you lose money through them.
 
So why do people bother putting money into cryptocurrencies it in the first place?
 
 
If the present and future value of a cryptocurrency is driven purely by speculation then you are essentially gambling by putting your money to buy that coin and joining the pool of other gamblers who are doing so. You are essentially joining a ponzi scheme and waiting game hoping you've gotten in early enough and convinced enough people to buy more of the asset you hold at slightly higher prices until a price is reached that you can cash out at (or until that thing becomes so big that everyone starts using it as their store of value).
 
This type of dynamic essentially underpins the mentality of most investments and trades i.e. buy low and sell high. I'd like to add buy early for investors since buying during a low in an already established asset may be setting yourself up for being forced to sell at a lower low later (especially if you don't understand the fundamentals of that asset).
 
If however the present or future value of a cryptocurrency is driven by some service other than speculation which can attract and drive fiat currency into it's ecosystem then it is potentially valuable.
 
I.e. will people actually use their USD/Yuan/Euro/GBP/Yen/INR etc to actually purchase the coin in question to do something useful with it (other than gamble on it's future price).
 
There are some cryptocurrencies which satisfy this criteria:
 
...
 
Bitcoin
It is not a currency, it is a remittance system and store of value. It has a reputation increasingly to being seen as a digital version of gold.
 
 
 
 
 
Bitcoin has the cultural and historical advantage of being the first cryptocurrency. It is also still the largest cryptocurrency by a long way with the largest marketcap i.e. price per bitcoin [$952 as of writing] x the number of bitcoin in circulation [16,074,687] which is $15.3 billion. Compare to it's next biggest competitor Ethereum which has a marketcap of $700 million (i.e. only 4.57% of Bitcoin's).
 
 
 
 
Bitcoin's value proposition is that it is a store of value. It may not be able to sustain this without significant upgrades to it's underlying software.
 
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Monero (XMR)
Bitcoin does not have anonymity inherently built into it's software. Therefore if you buy and sell Bitcoin especially on cryptocurrency exchanges (where user registration is required), it is possible to trace whom Bitcoin is being transferred from and to.
 
 
For this reason I see Monero as Bitcoin + anonymity. I.e. it's value proposition is as store of hidden wealth. I also believe it does not have the issues that bitcoin does namely, same level of mainstream recognition, spotlight of regulatory awareness and developers do seem to be more focused on achieving better scalability and transaction times (it already does 10-20 minute verification time vs bitcoins 1 hour) which gives it better potential as a currency presently compared to Bitcoin.
 
 
I do believe fiat stored in Bitcoin will gradually transfer into Monero boosting it's value. I am not sure Monero though can presently bring fresh fiat currency (USD, Yuan etc) into it's ecosystem beyond outsider speculation in future price.
 
 
It is not unique in it's function or potential value proposition. My warning about holding Monero for the long term is that it has competition for it's function not just from Bitcoin itself but from other anonymous coins such as Zcash, DASH (which provides instantaneous settlement) and SDC. Perhaps more importantly, Ethereum (ETH) is now planning to implement optional anonymity (via zSNARKs) in it's transaction network; if it does when combined with Ethereum's own functionality and well defined development roadmap (that will likely several second verification times in late 2017) would render XMR potentially redundant.
 
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Ethereum (ETH)
The first cryptocurrency which was built with the specific intent of incorporating 'smart contracts' into it's platform.
 
 
The value proposition for Ethereum is that it allows for complex, trustless settlement systems to be built on it. This is a huge deal because the scope of applications is wide and although the technology needs to mature (to support greater transaction volume, frequency and more secure functionality) the sheer amount of fiat such a platform could attract through conversion of traditional centralised settlement and contract services to more secure decentralised platforms is very huge.
 
 
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PARTICL (PART) (formerly Shadowcash SDC)
The value proposition is a double escrow, fully anonymous, decentralised privacy platform which incorporates private chat, private marketplace and secure, trustless private settlement system into one platform that is fully integrated into it's own blockchain.
 
 
Particl has multiple features that make it an excellent store of value: Low coin supply, potential for great demand, near instantaneous transaction verification times, ability to earn interest for simply holding it.
 
Particl is incredibly easy to use and is heavily focused on usability. This is absolutely essential to it's end users: customers who seek convenient easy and speedy secure anonymous transaction. This will be a dream come true for traditional users of darknet markets.
 
To explain why lets elaborate on traditional darknet markets where in order to transact anonymously you have to:
1. Download the TOR browser. 2. Learn how to use it. 3. Buy XMR or Bitcoin. 4. Learn how to transact with these coins *safely* (yes this is still an issue with XMR in spite of it's built in privacy). 5. Learn how to and where to find reliable secure darknet markets. 6. Create accounts on these markets to access them *and* 7. Have faith that the websites and the highly centralised (and thus much more vulnerable) servers hosting those markets you use will not get shut down, not disappear with your money and not betray your transaction details and potentially identities to the authorities should they be infiltrated by them. 
Whereas with Particl's market place this process will become:
1. Download the Particl client. 2. Buy some PART on an exchange and transfer it to your Umbra client. 3. Browse the Particl marketplace and transact securely, safely and anonymously. 
 
 
In summary I think Particl can be a very useful application as a privacy platform for private communications and transactions.
 
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ICONOMI (ICN)
Those two points constitute it's value proposition. By nature of the way it works it has an easily identifiable P/E ratio based on the amount used to create the fund ($10.5 million) against the current value of that fund based on it's
 
...
 
Summary lessons
 
The first rule in investing or trading in a given cryptocoin is deciding if it has a value proposition:
 
1. *Can it draw fiat currency (USD, Euro, Yuan etc) in such a way as to give it a valuation that is fully independent of pure speculation?* 2. *Is it unique?* 3. *Is it rare?* A limited supply with a low or negative inflation rate will lead to increasing price as demand goes up. 4. Are there significant risks associated with the value proposition? 
 
 
In the next article I will cover lesson 3b: Price metrics and valuations. It will be much shorter I promise but equally informative and we will cover topics such as price determination, impact of speculation, price manipulation, whales and their impact and the impact of bitcoin on the entire cryptocurrency ecosystem!
...
 
References:
1. Crypto-Currency Market Capitalizations, https://coinmarketcap.com/, Last Checked 30/01/2017 2. What is the value of all the Gold in the world? http://onlygold.com/Info/All-The-Gold-In-The-World.asp, Last Checked 30/01/2017. 3. ICONOMI Cryptocurrencies Index (ICNX) 21 December 2016 Rebalancing, https://medium.com/iconominet/iconomi-cryptocurrencies-index-icnx-21-december-2016-rebalancing-transformation-into-iconomi-8e31e48493ab#.sptgljv1c 4. ICNx trend chart, https://medium.com/iconominet/iconomi-cryptocurrencies-index-icnx-30-november-2016-monthly-rebalancing-update-3402866243d9#.kw7g4fqcd, Last updated 30th Nov 2017 5. Shadowcash (SDC) - The billion dollar baby!, https://medium.com/@paradox_/shadowcash-sdc-the-billion-dollar-baby-6b86f0660739#.ypz9yme5a, Last updated 16 August 2016. 
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Further articles in this series:
 
"The intelligent investors guide to cryptocurrency"
 
Part 0 -
Part 1 -
Part 2 -
Part 3a -
Part 3b -
Part 4 -
Part 5 -
Part 6 -
Part 7a -
 
"The intelligent investors guide to Particl -"
 
 
Full disclosure/Disclaimer: At time of original writing I had long positions in Ethereum (ETH), Shadowcash (SDC), Iconomi (ICN), Augur (REP) and Digix (DGD). All the opinions expressed are my own. I cannot guarantee gains; losses are sustainable; do your own financial research and make your decisions responsibly. All prices and values given are as of time of first writing (Midday 30th-Dec-2016).
 
Second disclaimer: Please do not buy Shadowcash (SDC), the project has been abandoned by it's developers who have moved on to the Particl Project (PART) (www.particl.io). The PARTICL crowd fund and SDC 1:1 token swap completed April 15th. You can still exchange SDC for PART but only if it was acquired prior to 15th April 2017 see: https://particl.news/a-community-driven-initiative-e26724100c3a for more information.
 
Addendum: Article updated 23-11-2017 to edit references to SDC (changed to Particl where relevant to reflect updated status) and clean up formatting.
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Why holding Vertcoins is a bad idea.

I see a lot of people telling everyone to hold on to their Vertcoins and trust that it'll be going 'to the moon' any time now; they're wrong.
Hoarding VTC is the worst thing you can do for yourself and, more importantly, for Vertcoin. If you truly believe in this cryptocurrency, then you need to be getting rid of it, not holding onto it.
Why?
Because the intrinsic value of Vertcoin isn't as an investment vehicle; instead, it stems from its worth as a currency -- the basis of the cryptocoin concept, in case you've forgotten.
Sure, you stand to make the most money off of VTC's success if you hold as many as possible, but don't call yourself an early adopter -- "leech" would be a more apt term.
We're at the forefront of a technological and societal revolution; right now, at this very moment, you're witnessing the rise of decentralized, open-source digital currencies -- welcome to the future. Cryptocurrency is our answer to the widespread corruption and moral ambiguity that plagues fiat money due to the sheer power that a single individual or small group can hold over the entire supply of government-controlled currencies.
It's meant to prevent the greedy from prospering through abusing or controlling the value and production of our money for their own selfish interests. Yet altcoins seem to be a breeding ground for exactly that.
And that's why no altcoin has achieved anywhere near the success of bitcoin. You can't create a viable cryptocurrency while trying to get rich quick; it goes against everything that the technology stands for.
Fortunately, it doesn't work very well either.
If you truly believe in the merit of Vertcoin and want to see it succeed, here's what needs to happen:
*1. We must build a community that is loyal, motivated and unique; Vertcoin has a good infrastructure already built around it -- there's subreddits, social media, a forum, Vertcoin Market and a variety of other services that are perfect for housing a strong community and creating the bustling market that VTC needs to begin to thrive.
*2. Spread the word. We need to deliver a clear, concise message to the entire cryptocurrency community, as well as the rest of the world. It's absolutely imperative that our message is consistent across all spectrums so that we can define what Vertcoin is and the goals of our community.
I firmly believe that Vertcoin is the sum of all the knowledge and experience that we gained from the beginning of bitcoin through now, the rise of VTC. It was designed to fix the issues that we discovered with experiment of bitcoin and bring to life the innovative ideas of the community's best and brightest minds.
Vertcoin's unique design renders ASIC mining and the 51% takeover ineffective, which improves the coin's overall security and eliminates the potential market manipulation that arises from a heavily-concentrated validation network. Further, its increased scarcity and wider overall distribution should work to reduce the high volatility associated with cryptocoins.
*3. Offer uniquely valuable products and services exclusively with VTC. Forget about all those 'hot' domain names you bought hoping to capitalize on Vertcoin's emerging market. Please. The value of Vertcoin and the image of Vertcoin will be defined by what you can use it for.
I envision a marketplace that is more polished, refined and professional than any current cryptocurrency; dogecoin's got jokes and bitcoin's got drugs. Let's give Vertcoin quality -- high-end products, innovative new technology and professional services from the firms and individuals who are leading their industries. Trendsetters.
The currency of choice for big ideas and innovation; for those of us who don't believe in the status quo.
What's more valuable than a coin that can buy you the future?
*4. Participate. Movement begets movement; paralleling VTC with DOGE or BTC isn't exactly a perfect comparison, but if you look at both of the latter two, you'll see that they have two things in common -- rapid growth and a thriving market.
The more VTC changing hands, the more valuable it becomes; the exchange of currency for goods and services is critical to the value and sustainability of the same. Simply put, Vertcoin is only as valuable as what you can get with it. Not what you can get for it.
Edit: Tried to make format friendlier. Didn't work.
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A BTC owner looking for something more upbeat

Hello everyone. I'm here because I could use some help and I heard this was the place to come:
As I'm sure many of you know, over at /bitcoin there is a discussion happening about dogecoin and this subreddit. The discussion is mostly about how much more activity this subreddit is getting lately in comparison to /bitcoin and why that might be. I've owned some BTC for a few months now. I got into BTC because it felt promising and honestly, because people were making money on it. But over the last few months I have felt my excitement become strangled by the community around bitcoin. Not everyone who owns bitcoin is negative or hateful but on /bitcoin I have watched over and over again as new users come in and ask questions and get told off. It doesnt matter if the question wouldnt take more than a second to answer, the new guy is told to go to the sidebar or to "fuck off".
Users who are looking to get involved and mine are discouraged and told that they are being unrealistic and told to go "fuck off".
Users who have concerns or who point out flaws with BTC are told to "fuck off".
Frankly, I'm tired of it. I'm tired of the community at /bitcoin and after reading so many of the positive things about /dogecoin I've decided that I want to come be a part of this community. I want to experience the light, fun side of cryptocurrency. I want to learn along with you all and be able to teach others without feeling like I'm going to be ostracized by the rest of the crowd.
I'm not looking to trade all of my BTC in for Doge but I am looking at getting involved in mining and tipping and encouraging others! I'm looking to be able to spend my Doge at a few stores here and there (online or offline) and I'm really looking forward to being able to ask questions and have a good time!
So, /dogecoin, this is where I need help: I've currently got a few of the sidebar links open and am about to start reading up on dogecoin and how I can start mining and contributing to the community but honestly I don't know where to begin. I've never mined any cryptocoin before (I was told many times that it was useless to try to mine anything on my own) and so I have no idea how that works, practically. I don't know which wallet to use on my PC or if any of the wallets on the Google Play store are good and trustworthy.
So, I know this is a long post and I know that a lot of the information I'm looking for can be found somewhere else but, I want to hear tips and advice and stories from people who are already a part of dogecoin. Any help that you guys can provide would be great and much appreciated! Thank you!
EDIT -- Thank you so much to everyone that has taken the time to respond to this post. You guys have shown me just how great the community here can be. I feel more welcome here after almost 20 hours than I ever have, after a number of months, over at /bitcoin. Thank you to every one of you that helped put some coin in my doge wallet! I've learned about mining, I've learned about the tipbot, and I've learned about the general awesomeness of /dogecoin! You guys are great and I'm starting to feel like a Shibe already!
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Cryptocurrencies on pace to close volatile trading week positive following Ethereum Classic addition to Coinbase Index Fund and the launch of the BOLT privacy overlay for Zcash on the lightning network

Developments in Financial Services

Regulatory

General News

Sources:
https://www.ccn.com/asias-largest-stock-exchange-is-honestly-troubled-by-a-cryptocurrency-firm/ https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/08/13/does-50-decline-in-the-turkish-lira-prove-bitcoin-is-better-than-fiat/ https://news.bitcoin.com/crypto-cafe-and-coworking-space-hash-house-established-in-xian-china/ https://bitcoinist.com/cryptocurrency-regulations-india-months/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/08/13/ripples-expansion-plans-overshadowing-its-lawsuit-worries/ https://bitcoinist.com/saudi-arabia-bitcoin-trading-illegal/ https://www.coindesk.com/square-expands-cash-app-bitcoin-purchases-to-all-50-us-states/ https://www.ccn.com/thailand-police-seek-more-arrests-in-24-million-bitcoin-fraud/ https://cointelegraph.com/news/venezuela-to-use-petro-as-unit-of-account-for-salaries-goods-and-services https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoins-taproot-privacy-tech-is-ready-but-one-things-standing-in-the-way/ https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/08/15/coinbase-continues-to-add-50000-users-a-day-during-bear-market/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/08/15/crypto-goes-green-using-renewable-energy-in-cloud-mining https://cointelegraph.com/news/citrix-survey-more-than-half-of-uk-companies-hit-by-cryptojacking-malware-at-some-point https://cointelegraph.com/news/japans-messaging-giant-line-sets-up-10-million-hong-kong-blockchain-venture-fund https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/08/16/google-blockchain-and-ethereums-future-vitalik-buterin-shares-his-thoughts-at-a-private-event-held-in-san-francisco/ https://blockonomi.com/vitalik-buterin-future-blockchain/ https://www.coindesk.com/pantera-capital-raises-71-million-for-third-crypto-venture-fund/ https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/08/16/ethereum-classic-etc-surges-after-coinbase-consumer-confirms-listing/ https://www.coindesk.com/asx-head-says-new-dlt-system-could-save-billions/ https://cointelegraph.com/news/soft-crypto-etf-alternative-now-geared-towards-us-investors-says-bloomberg https://www.ccn.com/gnosis-creator-ethereum-adoption-is-about-dapp-network-effect-not-users/ https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/08/16/crypto-exchange-huobi-partners-with-five-firms-to-launch-trading-platforms/ https://cointelegraph.com/news/binance-lcx-launches-fiat-to-crypto-exchange-in-liechtenstein https://www.coindesk.com/ripple-endorses-preferred-crypto-exchanges-for-xrp-payments/ https://www.ccn.com/ripple-picks-three-crypto-exchanges-for-international-xrp-payments/ https://cointelegraph.com/news/ripple-partners-with-three-crypto-exchanges-as-part-of-xrapid-solution https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/08/17/xrp-recovers-as-ripple-expands-crypto-exchange-partners/ https://www.ccn.com/genesis-mining-offers-customers-a-discount-to-offset-falling-bitcoin-rewards/ https://cointelegraph.com/news/genesis-mining-compels-certain-customers-to-upgrade-btc-mining-contracts https://www.coindesk.com/jd-com-rolls-out-blockchain-platform-with-its-first-app/
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The intelligent investors guide to cryptocurrency: Part 3a - The value proposition

*Introductions: I'm joskye. A cryptocurrency investor and SDC holder. *
...
Hi again. This is the third part in our ongoing series on how to trade better and determine intelligent investments in cryptocurrency for the future.
In part 3 I will now discuss Cryptocurrency valuations, price metrics and identifying coins of value, worth holding.
...
What makes a coin worth holding: The value proposition
What makes anything worth holding? How much of themselves is a person willing to put into it - that's how much.
Cryptocurrency is largely driven by faith. It is a speculative enterprise i.e. people mostly put money into cryptocurrencies believing they will go up in value in the future; their plan to sell at a higher price when it does.
Currently most cryptocurrencies serve no function than being currencies in themselves. Unfortunately these currencies are largely not recognised by governments, most institutional investors or companies are legitimate stores of value or legitimate currencies of transaction. As such legislation and rules around the world regarding them vary considerably and are often absent.
There are very few cryptocurrencies that have legitimised backing, are insured or supported by enterprises that are insured for their loss and essentially there is little to protect you if you lose money through them.
So why do people bother putting money into cryptocurrencies it in the first place?
If the present and future value of a cryptocurrency is driven purely by speculation then you are essentially gambling by putting your money to buy that coin and joining the pool of other gamblers who are doing so. You are essentially joining a ponzi scheme and waiting game hoping you've gotten in early enough and convinced enough people to buy more of the asset you hold at slightly higher prices until a price is reached that you can cash out at (or until that thing becomes so big that everyone starts using it as their store of value).
This type of dynamic essentially underpins the mentality of most investments and trades i.e. buy low and sell high. I'd like to add buy early for investors since buying during a low in an already established asset may be setting yourself up for being forced to sell at a lower low later (especially if you don't understand the fundamentals of that asset).
If however the present or future value of a cryptocurrency is driven by some service other than speculation which can attract and drive fiat currency into it's ecosystem then it is potentially valuable.
I.e. will people actually use their USD/Yuan/Euro/GBP/Yen/INR etc to actually purchase the coin in question to do something useful with it (other than gamble on it's future price).
There are some cryptocurrencies which satisfy this criteria:
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Bitcoin
It is not a currency, it is a remittance system and store of value. It has a reputation increasingly to being seen as a digital version of gold.
Bitcoin has the cultural and historical advantage of being the first cryptocurrency. It is also still the largest cryptocurrency by a long way with the largest marketcap i.e. price per bitcoin [$952 as of writing] x the number of bitcoin in circulation [16,074,687] which is $15.3 billion. Compare to it's next biggest competitor Ethereum which has a marketcap of $700 million (i.e. only 4.57% of Bitcoin's).
Bitcoin's value proposition is that it is a store of value. It may not be able to sustain this without significant upgrades to it's underlying software.
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Monero (XMR)
Bitcoin does not have anonymity inherently built into it's software. Therefore if you buy and sell Bitcoin especially on cryptocurrency exchanges (where user registration is required), it is possible to trace whom Bitcoin is being transferred from and to.
For this reason I see Monero as Bitcoin + anonymity. I.e. it's value proposition is as store of hidden wealth. I also believe it does not have the issues that bitcoin does namely, same level of mainstream recognition, spotlight of regulatory awareness and developers do seem to be more focused on achieving better scalability and transaction times (it already does 10-20 minute verification time vs bitcoins 1 hour) which gives it better potential as a currency presently compared to Bitcoin.
-This sort of market cap dwarfs gold. However this type of up-scaled usability will not occur until the transaction verification times are much faster (nanoseconds) and the protocol is enhanced to cope with much larger transactions volumes and frequency at that speed; We are a long way off that.
I do believe fiat stored in Bitcoin will gradually transfer into Monero boosting it's value. I am not sure Monero though can presently bring fresh fiat currency (USD, Yuan etc) into it's ecosystem beyond outsider speculation in future price.
It is not unique in it's function or potential value proposition. My warning about holding Monerofor the long term is that it has competition for it's function not just from Bitcoin itself but from other anonymous coins such as Zcash, DASH (which provides instantaneous settlement) and SDC. Perhaps more importantly, Ethereum (ETH) is now planning to implement optional anonymity (via zSNARKs) in it's transaction network; if it does when combined with Ethereum's own functionality and well defined development roadmap (that will likely several second verification times in late 2017) would render XMR potentially redundant.
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Ethereum (ETH)
The value proposition for Ethereum is that it allows for complex, trustless settlement systems to be built on it. This is a huge deal because the scope of applications is wide and although the technology needs to mature (to support greater transaction volume, frequency and more secure functionality) the sheer amount of fiat such a platform could attract through conversion of traditional centralised settlement and contract services to more secure decentralised platforms is very huge.
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Shadowcash (SDC)
The value proposition is a double escrow, fully anonymous, decentralised privacy platform which incorporates private chat, private marketplace and secure, trustless private settlement system into one platform that is fully integrated into it's own blockchain.
Shadowcash already has multiple features that make it an excellent store of value: Low coin supply, potential for great demand, near instantaneous transaction verification times, ability to earn interest for simply holding it.
Shadowcash is incredibly easy to use and is heavily focused on usability. This is absolutely essential to it's end users: customers who seek convenient easy and speedy secure anonymous transaction. This will be a dream come true for traditional users of darknet markets.
To explain why lets elaborate on traditional darknet markets where in order to transact anonymously you have to:
1. Download the TOR browser. 2. Learn how to use it. 3. Buy XMR or Bitcoin. 4. Learn how to transact with these coins *safely* (yes this is still an issue with XMR in spite of it's built in privacy). 5. Learn how to and where to find reliable secure darknet markets. 6. Create accounts on these markets to access them *and* 7. Have faith that the websites and the highly centralised (and thus much more vulnerable) servers hosting those markets you use will not get shut down, not disappear with your money and not betray your transaction details and potentially identities to the authorities should they be infiltrated by them. 
Whereas with Shadowcash's market place this process will become:
1. Download the Shadowcash Umbra client (https://shadowproject.io/en/gettingstarted) 2. Buy some SDC on an exchange and transfer it to your Umbra client. 3. Browse the Shadowcash marketplace and transact securely, safely and anonymously. 
In summary I think Shadowcash can be a very useful application as a privacy platform for private communications and transactions.
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ICONOMI (ICN)
Those two points constitute it's value proposition. By nature of the way it works it has an easily identifiable P/E ratio based on the amount used to create the fund ($10.5 million) against the current value of that fund based on it's
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Summary lessons
The first rule in investing or trading in a given cryptocoin is deciding if it has a value proposition:
1. *Can it draw fiat currency (USD, Euro, Yuan etc) in such a way as to give it a valuation that is fully independent of pure speculation?* 2. *Is it unique?* 3. *Is it rare?* A limited supply with a low or negative inflation rate will lead to increasing price as demand goes up. 4. Are there significant risks associated with the value proposition? 
In the next article I will cover lesson 3b: Price metrics and valuations. It will be much shorter I promise but equally informative and we will cover topics such as price determination, impact of speculation, price manipulation, whales and their impact and the impact of bitcoin on the entire cryptocurrency ecosystem.
Finally just to really hammer it home; why am I posting this on the Shadowcash subreddit?
It is because Shadowcash is the best cryptocurrency investment of 2016 and I believe it will be again by March 2017.
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References:
1. Crypto-Currency Market Capitalizations, https://coinmarketcap.com/, Last Checked 30/01/2017 2. What is the value of all the Gold in the world? http://onlygold.com/Info/All-The-Gold-In-The-World.asp, Last Checked 30/01/2017. 3. ICONOMI Cryptocurrencies Index (ICNX) 21 December 2016 Rebalancing, https://medium.com/iconominet/iconomi-cryptocurrencies-index-icnx-21-december-2016-rebalancing-transformation-into-iconomi-8e31e48493ab#.sptgljv1c 4. ICNx trend chart, https://medium.com/iconominet/iconomi-cryptocurrencies-index-icnx-30-november-2016-monthly-rebalancing-update-3402866243d9#.kw7g4fqcd, Last updated 30th Nov 2017 5. Shadowcash (SDC) - The billion dollar baby!, https://medium.com/@paradox_/shadowcash-sdc-the-billion-dollar-baby-6b86f0660739#.ypz9yme5a, Last updated 16 August 2016. 
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Further articles in this series:
Part 1- - The intelligent investors guide to cryptocurrency: Part 1 - Sell your profits and make back the principle ASAP. https://www.reddit.com/Shadowcash/comments/5l0heb/the_intelligent_investors_guide_to_cryptocurrency/
Part 2 - - The intelligent investors guide to cryptocurrency: Part 2 - FOMO My friend, My enemy. Make fear of missing out, work for you. https://www.reddit.com/Shadowcash/comments/5l67rn/the_intelligent_investors_guide_to_cryptocurrency/
Part 3a - - The intelligent investors guide to cryptocurrency: Part 3a - The value proposition https://www.reddit.com/Shadowcash/comments/5lhh6m/the_intelligent_investors_guide_to_cryptocurrency/
Part 3b -
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Disclaimer: All prices and values given are as of time of writing (Midday 08-Jan-2016). I am not responsible for your financial decisions, nor am I advising you take a particular financial position. Rather I am sharing my experiences and hoping you form your own opinions and insights from them. Full disclosure: I have long positions in Ethereum (ETH), Shadowcash (SDC), ICONOMI (ICN), Augur (REP) and Digix (DGD).
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Two extremely widely believed bitcoin myths

I keep hearing about two things which after thinking extensively on and in the interests of the community having a better understanding of, I'd like to discuss.
1) Bitcoin is deflationary. EDIT actually it is because despite growth in the monetary base demand is increasing far faster and prices denominated in bitcoin are dropping. My mistake!
This is true only insofaras when there are no more btc bounties on blocks, there will be no more inflation. However, for now and the next hundred years, we're actually going to be technically in inflation. How is this so you might ask, as you have surely heard by now of the final figure of 21000000 coins in total circulation? The answer is in the reward system for block mining.
At the moment, when you mine a single block in the blockchain, you are rewarded with a bounty of 25 btc, the blockchain difficulty changes so that these are rewarded on average 6 times per hour, so 25624*365 = 1314000 new bitcoins at the current rate of inflation per year. On an issued monetary base of 11000000 that's actually just below 12% inflation per annum, which is if I'm not mistaken higher than the majority of central banks target their inflation at.
The fact that they don't stick to their targets and are now printing money as fast as they can I understand, but it's always best to be technically correct on this subject. And technically correct is that for now and the next 120 years or so, bitcoin is actually inflationary on a downward trend to deflationary after 2140.
2) The value of a fiat currency is dependent upon the trust in the central bank, but the value of a cryptocurrency is dependent upon the algorithms and mathematics which secure the blockchain.
This is another half truth, indeed if the issuers of a fiat currency issue are completely untrustworthy, there is zero value in the currency, but there is another layer of trust in both realms and the comparison between the two when it comes to faith in the controlling institution of a fiat currency or faith in the cryptography behind a cryptocurrency isn't direct.
A fiat currency in physical form is secured by its anti counterfeiting measures, that is, the difficulty with which a hostile party might issue notes of the exact same nature that might fool a person who trusts that fiat currency. A fiat currency in digital form is secured by who has access to modifying the trusted ledgers, if a bank manager can mess with the numbers in the ledger and run two sets of books, etc etc.
On top of the above, a fiat currency is dependent upon the trust in the central bank and state which issues it. These are the two dimensions in which the value of the currency is maintained, its direct physical security and the trust in the centralised issuing authority.
A cryptocurrency is secured by anti counterfeiting measures also, and these measures are enormously superior to any existing fiat currency, you can verify with the block chain the amount of cryptocoins in existence, they cannot be counterfeited, the entire ledger is open for auditing with digital signatures included for anyone who wishes to do so. In the realm of physical security it is truly epic how superior a cryptocurrency is to its fiat equivalent.
However, on top of this is a much fuzzier and murkier level of trust, which is the degree to which the participants in the system trust that system, and the penetration into the actors in the economy that system has. It is abundantly clear from anyone who has ever tried to talk to most normal people about bitcoin that normal people do not understand the nature of the technical accomplishment in question. It is simply black voodoo magic to them; So they are left with a situation where instead of trusting a central issuer of a fiat currency, instead they have to trust a general consensus between a widely distributed mesh of cryptographers over the globe, most of whom they have zero understanding of.
When they're ascertaining what the currency is worth to them, they have to decide how much they trust that what they're told is true, because they sure as hell aren't going to go out and verify it for themselves, despite the theoretical possibility of them doing so.To a certain extent they're making a bet on the likelyhood they're being taken for a ride just as surely as they would when betting on a fiat currency.
Even the participants in the ecosystem that do understand the cryptography backing the blockchain are still reliant on the consensus amongst all the participants of the economy as to the value of the currency, because unlike a fiat currency, cryptocurrencies are not forced upon anyone and it is valued only as much as the emergent consensus of all economic actors in the market are willing to value it.
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It makes no sense to consider a cryptocurrency in isolation from other cryptocurrencies

Regressive Cryptocoiner: "Increasing hardware requirements (network bandwidth, storage space, processing power) for coin X will reduce decentralization by pushing mining into datacenters! Our solution: use coin Y instead!" 
Answer: Pushing transactions onto coin Y is no more of a solution to the bandwidth/storage/processing problem than taking people out of the unemployment stats is a solution to unemployment. The transactions will still be made, but on an alternate chain. Many professional miners even mine multiple currencies with different hardware requirements, so the hardware demands are multiplied, not diminished. Even considering the example of BTC and BCH, many miners freely switch from one to the other depending on relative profitability. Furthermore, users would need multiple software applications to keep track of their coins - which is a usability nightmare (few wallets support multiple currencies).
Regressive Cryptocoiner: "It's fine that many people's small value wallets are now worthless, and transactions cost as much as food for a family for a week, or a tank of gas, or medicine. It means that only high value transactions will occur on chain. In any case, we've got whizbangs in development for plebs to use. In the meantime use coin Y!" 
Answer: I can't think of a product which, after achieving widespread adoption, was deliberately made less useful, with the promise of it being much better at some point in the future. A true monopoly, with state granted protections, could get away with this for a while (perhaps), but a market leader in a free market will lose share to the competition long before the fabled solution becomes viable. Simply put, the ball has to keep rolling or you lose the race. It's called substitute goods, and we can see the effect of this phenomenon in the rise of altcoins and continual slide in BTC cryptocurrency market share.
TL;DR if you think your coin is the only one and exists in a vacuum, you're doing it wrong
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Wow Such Math

A lot of people have been guessing what the eventual price of dogecoin will be, and I figured I would take a shot using the power of SCIENCE.
DISCLAMER: By and large I have no idea what I'm talking about, this is just a bit of perspective using the other cryptocoins as comparison, and assumes quite a few things that are not completely accurate.
With that said, lets get started

3 PeerCoin

Peercoin does not have a maximum number of coins, so I am going to compare current number of peercoins to an arbitrary 50 Billion Dogecoins.
There are currently about 21 million peercoins at 3.16 a coin. At 50 Billion dogecoins that gives us 50000000000/21000000=2381 Dogecoins per peercoin. This means that if Dogecoin were to reach the market capitalization of peercoin when half of the dogecoins were mined, one dogecoin would be worth .0013$, which was the highpoint at our recent peak.

2 Litecoin

At max there will be 84 million litecoin, so I am going to compare max/2 litecoin (since max litecoin will not be mined for many years) to max/2 dogecoin. Again, this in no way accounts for the deflation cause by an increase in litecoin, its just a rough comparison.
1LTC=37$ at its recent peak (correct me if I am wrong) 42mill/50bill=1190 dogecoins per litecoin so at the market capitalization of litecoin one doge=.0311$

1 Bitcoin

Comparing a semi-arbitrary 13 million bitcoins at peak value to 50 Billion dogecoins. Skipping the math here to give you guys the numbers At the max market capitalization of bitcoin (about $1300) one dogecoin= .338$

0 The Moon

The moon= a lot of money 50 billion dogecoin to one moon 1 dogecoin= a lot of money
Again, this is by no means an accurate prediction of the value of dogecoin, but I hope it gives you a sense of just how high this thing could go.
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